I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Loom Knitting Made Easy (review)

I've had plenty of time to page through this nifty loom-knitting booklet, Loom Knitting Made Easy by Isela Phelps. Now I'd like to make good on my promise to review it here on my blog.

Loom book review

This book was made for crafters curious about those strange circles hanging around the stores. It proves knitting looms can go beyond hats and scarves.

Isela breaks down all the techniques for looming, from the simple twisted knit to purling, increasing/decreasing and cables. Every page packs a lot of punch with clear photographs illustrating each step. The "how-to" takes up more than half of booklet.

From there, six projects take the loom-knitter through all they have learned. For the knitter who thought they've never do lace, there's the elegant "Wrapped in Lace" shawl. As for myself, I'm about to cast on the square dance blanket. My squares rarely turn out to be ... well, square. So I'm looking forward to using the increasing/decreasing technique to get that perfect shape.

Once I'm finished playing, I'll be happy to pass it along to another loom-knitter who wants to go beyond the basics. Thank you to author Isela for providing me with a copy for the purpose of a review. She also has another loomy book coming out in the fall — Stylish Accessories Knitted on/Hand Loom.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New beginnings

As spring finally washes over Wisconsin ...


I observe in awe of colors long lost ...

Angel White lilac buds

and life once again buds at nature's pace.

We are looking forward to welcoming a new life of our own by summer's end.

Mother's Day flowers

Wishing a Happy Mother's Day everyday to mothers of all kinds.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A cozy consignment

My thrifty t-pillows have found a new home at a crafty shop. The three latest joined three veterans for a nature series ...

Flightless T-pillow

Subterrain T-pillow

Serenade T-pillow

Strange Birds T-pillow  Mountain View T-Pillow  For the Birds T-pillow
The veteran T-pillows: Strange Birds, Mountain View and For the Birds

D.I.Y. Studio & Gifts recently opened its doors in the Broadway shopping district in Green Bay, Wis. And I'm trying out my first consignment deal. I hope these upcycled Threadless tees will get their second chance on someone's cushy couch.

D.I.Y. studio & gifts

D.I.Y. studio & gifts

I checked out the grand opening this past weekend. The store's motto is "make, blend, shop." Owners Jen and Angie offer artsy-crafty classes, help blend your own bath-and-body fragrance and of course, invite you to shop local crafters' creations. I walked out with a purchased pair of fun earrings!

Fun earrings from D.I.Y.

So go check out the t-pillows and much, much more if you live nearby. Check out D.I.Y.'s Facebook page for the lastest news. ... Or you can snag the last pillow or two in my own Etsy shop.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Friendly Scarf Project FINALE

Let's finally give this scarf project a finale! I recently loom-knit the last square on my own scarf.

Friendly Scarf Project FINALE

The wonderful ladies of my Saturday knitting group knit the other squares — each with a touch of their own personality.

Friendly Scarf Project FINALE

I finished off my scarf with the lacy wasp nest stitch. If you're looking for a bonus square to make your own scarf (or blanket), here you go! To complete the double yarnovers, I recommend setting up the whole row before knitting.

Friendly Scarf Project FINALE

Lacy wasp nest stitch
Multiple of 4sts, plus edging; knit flat
Row 1-2: K all
Row 3: *YO, k2tog, ssk, YO, rep from *
Row 4-6: K all
Row 7: *k2tog, YO, YO, ssk, rep from *
Row 8: K all

Scarf Project knitters
Here we are, modeling the fruits of our friendly labor! 

I hope you enjoyed this loom-knit square series. Leave a comment on any page if you have a question.